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I Have a Dysfunctional Family

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    You Are Not Alone, Take My Advice And Just Walk Away.

    My mother is the definition of pure evil. She let me know at an early age that she hated me. She beat me mercilessly for no reason, has knocked teeth out of my mouth when I was 12, refusing to replace it. Denied me basic necessities, that heaven that I have an aunt who has...
    Amnestic Amnestic 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    Whoever says they don't have a dysfunctional

    family is just lying to themselves.
    thatgirlkay thatgirlkay 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 27

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    I'm looking for advice.

    I'm uncertain about what to do, but I feel as though I should do something. I've been babysitting my two younger cousins and their mother, who is also my cousin, is suppose to be paying me. She asked me to watch them and offer to pay me 25 a day. Now she's backing out. I had...
    Lunamoon18 Lunamoon18 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    It is ironic how my mum hates my father

    yet she lives by his lifestyle even after he's gone for years now. She doesn't realise it and I don't dare to say it. It is either that she's got the same thinking as him which makes me wonder why their relationship sucked so bad, or that he influenced her so much which also...
    MissGaga MissGaga 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 12

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    Anti-family

    I've had depression and low self esteem for most of my life. Family members capitalized on this during a hard time in my life and as I trusted them they worked to erode my remaining self-esteem. Criticisms, jabs at my skills, lots of gossip and rumor spreading, and actual...
    xp4td xp4td 26-30 3 Responses Nov 22, 2013

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    My father used to beat my mother infront of me

    when i was a child. and to this day, he said hed just restrain her. yeah restrain her head through a door.
    JessicaL2184 JessicaL2184 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 6

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    I don't really know what is like to have a

    happy family, and everything that I'm going to write here, has been haunting me for all my life. So, I live in Guatemala, a third world country that is very anarchic. This makes people abuse of other people all the time, and that is our culture, primitive, huh? So, my dad, is...
    DeniedWings DeniedWings 18-21, M 2 Responses May 20

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    Well I'm the youngest in my family

    but I'm also the smartest, coming in at an IQ level of 127. My family isn't really broken, they're just a tad weird :b but aren't we all? My dad is a real madman when it comes to...EVERYTHING! He usually gets drunk, but not in the bad way, in the funny way. He will just ramble...
    HappensForAReason HappensForAReason 13-15, M 3 Responses Jun 5

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    My dad comes from a middle eastern background

    and my moms ethnically diverse. I feel like In being choked by my family since I'm very sheltered- I can't go out, I have to hide a relationship with my boyfriend from my dad, and I get put down a lot for being a woman. My older sister moved out, both my parents are homophobic...
    nusunshine nusunshine 18-21, F Jul 9

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    In a way I do have a dysfunctional family,

    however I did not become a "statistic", regardless of my upbringing. I withstood the stereotypes society has in place. I went to school - never dropped out and passed with flying colours. Gcse's, A level, Diplomas, Higher Education and working on furthering that higher...
    Quanitta Quanitta 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 9

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    Learning To Accept My Dysfunctional Family

    Everyone wants to have the perfect family. You know, the one where every one loves each other, are happy to be together, and family members gets along well with each other. Holidays are celebrated together, accomplishments are encouraged etc. The fact is, most families are far...
    Amantcul Amantcul 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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    Well im closeted lesbian.

    The edest bro is childish as ever. The 2nd elder bro is an irresponsible married with 1 kid. And my parents is the type who wants this and that and does not give a damn about what you feel or want. And they always fight. This is not the worst family i tell you but whoever is...
    catehere catehere 26-30, F Jun 5

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    As I get older I realize I'm happy I grew up

    how I did.. I'm only 17 but boy have I learned some lessons to use in life. My parents were split and had shared custody of me and my brother week on week off as far back as I can remember. Even though both my parents are struggling in life from completely different situations...
    MacieMakenna MacieMakenna 18-21, F Jan 20

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    You don't even need to comment,

    I just need to rant. I haven't been on here for months because I haven't felt the need to, but now I am starting to lose my sanity again. I wake up angry at everyone and everything. As of right now, the need to rant was caused by my beloved grandmother, whom I seem to be stuck...
    repeekbmurc repeekbmurc 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    'Growing up in narcissistic (strict) parents'

    I was born as ‘THE ONLY CHILD’ in the city of Bangkok, Thailand in under well-educated, warm, but imperfect family. (My parents of ethnic in both THAI AYUDHAYA vs. SUKHOTHAI CHINESE) They both were family-oriented people, but the truth was they become ‘narcissistic family...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 6

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    My dad is very disrespectful towards my mom

    and he believes he's superior to her because he had a college education and not my mom. He always starts arguments about the most ridiculous things and he yells and disrespects my mom and he doesnt allow her to say anything. I've asked my mom why don't they divorce, but they...
    danaehrmantraut danaehrmantraut 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    When i was 12 a torture began

    that i would endure for another 2 years. My dad was an awful man, and there are days i still wake up crying, and terrified. I tell you this because ive been told its good to talk about it. To tell people, and ep has become the only place i can truly talk about things.
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 16-17, F 9 Responses Aug 13

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    Heres A Story I Found In This Book I Read. Called 'silent Sons'

    Once on yellow paper with green lines he wrote a poem, And he called it "Chop" because that was the name of his dog, and that's what it was all about. And his teacher gave him an A and a gold star, And his mother hung it on the kitchen door, And read it to all his aunts. That was...
    RedWolfGuy RedWolfGuy 22-25, M 3 Responses Apr 28, 2011

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    My mom and I were homeless.

    Mom was basically dying and I had dropped out of high school. And I was at my aunt's "house." My aunt told her boyfriend that I was a "gift" for him. So my mom called my dad and begged him to let me stay with him so that I could finish high school and not be homeless and...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 10

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    Do you ever get to the point

    where you don't know what to do anymore? Do you ever get tired of overthinking? Do you ever get bored of the same **** but different day? Do you get bored of it? I certainly do. Do you ever just wanna hide away from everything? Keep everything to yourself instead of explaining...
    rhiannperry rhiannperry 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 8

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    I Am Not...

    I am not your punching bag, your inferior, or your animal. I am not made of stone, I have feelings and I don't forget. Things could have been so much more, If you only would have let it. You were my role model, my friend, and my everything. Well you had to go and **** that up...
    Canadian45 Canadian45 22-25 1 Response Nov 15, 2012

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    My Parents Are Both Dead Now

    And finally I can stop denying how appallingly they treated me my whole life. My mother rejected and ranted and raged at me, my father ignored and avoided and dismissed me. There was no love, there was no attention, there was no contact or intimacy . . .and for years I was sure...
    dispossessed dispossessed 46-50, F 6 Responses Nov 22, 2013

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    I don't know what to do.

    I am too old to feel this way but I am so frustrated with my parents. I am ready to leave as soon as possible but in the meanwhile I am stuck between not taking their crap anymore or giving in like I usually do to their selfish demands. They don't bother to understand how upset...
    AxDisorientedxMind AxDisorientedxMind 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 22

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    An Isolated Childhood

    Please don't fall asleep, this is the short version. It is a story that I hope explains why you should never hold someone you love to tightly for you may cause permanent irreparable damage. Okay, deep sigh, here is my story. I am the youngest of 3 siblings and thinking about it...
    angelgenie angelgenie 26-30 22 Responses Jun 13, 2008

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    My father, grandfather

    and oldest brother Eligio were probably the cause to all of my family's problems... My father had anger issues and was usually found drunk everyday. He was very strict and controlling. Everything had to go his way and his way only. My mother never got a single say in anything...
    JeromeASDFJKL JeromeASDFJKL 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    I felt to connect with people on here,

    I should share something personal. Well, I have anxiety and I blame it on my family. My father left my mother when my brother was 12 and I was 6. I thought it was my fault that my father left. Now I realized that he was a coward and that he used to beat up my mother. A...
    redlovely redlovely 22-25, F 3 Responses May 20

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    My daughter who was with the same man

    for almost 16 years has 2 children 15 and 10 old has separated from her husband last year in Oct. I was very supportive because I knew she made the right choice, he wasn't the best husband, did not treat her well, she was not happy . I 'm helping her the best way I can. But last...
    wdowa wdowa 51-55, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Fxcked.

    Well my mums an alcoholic, I have bipolar and I self harm, and my step dad seems to think my older sister is depressed because her room is messy. Sigh.
    Blenkinsop4 Blenkinsop4 16-17, F 4 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    I really want to talk to someone about this

    problem :( it can be anyone, btw im gay
    arveeeuphoric arveeeuphoric 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 5

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    It all started when my mom was spending too

    much time at her new boyfriend's house. It got to the point where she would spend days on end there without coming home. I had to take care of myself, the cats, and the entire household on my own. It didn't help our relationship as a mother and daughter was crumbling. My aunt...
    itsemilylight itsemilylight 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 10

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    I Have A Dysfunctional Family

    So here's my story. I grew up in a very emotionally abusive home. My dad who was a former alcoholic had rage and anger issues that would constantly spill out onto us, he would blame us for everything under the sun all the time. I just remembered being scared that I was going to...
    z4e71 z4e71 26-30, F Nov 19, 2013

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    If I Have An Evil Step Mother, Where'S My Prince?

    Two years ago, I moved out from my house. Not by choice but because my step mom kicked me out and what hurts most is that my dad proceeded to allow her to do this. I lived with my mom for about a month afterward but that didn't last long before we started fighting as well. I now...
    bug14 bug14 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    If This Is What Family Is, I Don't Want To Be A Part Of It.

    I am Lexi, and my family is ****** up. I'm sixteen years old and I have to get my feelings out to someone, so thank you for listening. My mother had me at a very young age. She got pregnant her senior year of high school at 18, and had me when she was 19. The man who got her...
    PurpleStopSign96 PurpleStopSign96 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 1, 2012

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    All families are dysfunctional!

    My family owns a restaurant and my mom, my aunt and me and my cousin worked there.. It was so bad, tore our family apart.. I couldn't handle the animosity, I ended up quiting. But yet we are still here for eachother. It's crazy how much the people you love the most will be able...
    TattoosAndBoose TattoosAndBoose 18-21, F Jul 13

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    "You always sound so monotone

    when talking to us" maybe because I don't like talking to you freaks?
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F 2 hrs ago

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    Normal

    Funny how I view dysfunction as "normal" until I see what a normal life actually is. Sometimes my family reminds me of a bunch of string, tied together tighter then what is comfortable. I'm the stray piece trying to cut myself loose, but alas, a piece of string has no hands...
    RunningBlue RunningBlue 18-21, F 2 Responses May 26, 2011

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    I'm sick of my parents

    and their too extreme punishments. A little while ago my mom made a new rule: if they found a dirty dish in a cabinet my brother and I would have to pull out every single dish and rewash them all by hand. And then just now when we (meaning me and my brother) were folding my...
    sarcasm4427 sarcasm4427 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    keyonna95 keyonna95 18-21, F Jun 1

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    No Love Lost I realize that

    for some people it may be devastating to receive a hateful email out of the blue that their mothers have cut them out of their lives, but for me it was truly like sunshine had finally broken through the darkest cloud and banished the storms away. Finally, I felt like I could be...
    mindofmaster mindofmaster 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 11

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    Need some honest advice.

    .. My older sister has been disrespectful to my mother, my older brother and my little sister and her new born baby... Now here is the dilemma it's my son birthday tomorrow and I am having a little get together at my home I would love to have everyone there but I know there will...
    needtofindmyself77 needtofindmyself77 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    My mom is bipolar. She got really bad

    when i was younger. Theres issues between her and my father, but mostly i just feel like her mental illness is ****. She hates people and wont go outside the house. I feel like she doesn't really care about me.
    florida2525 florida2525 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 27

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    You never really stop growing up

    after all, if you are lucky, you have people in your life that you call your family. If your truly fortunate, you figure out how to love each other.
    TxRocker TxRocker 46-50, M Jun 8

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    An estranged cousin is being held hostage.

    Kidnapped on his birthday. A clever extortion for money an the consequences of the "family business". Mischief..., More specifically drugs. Damn I got cartels and murderers in my family tree. I expect I have this same propensity for drama and trouble. The easy and fast life...
    MalumGreal MalumGreal 18-21 1 Response Jun 29

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    It's just what it is.

    A family you can never bind together cuz of pride, hate, envy and so much things going on. Just like that.
    DarkSoul07 DarkSoul07 22-25, F Apr 11

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    My Mum

    My son suggested we go see her as we were driving near where she lives.So we did.Haven't talked to her in a long time, we had a falling out about 10 years ago.She A) told me she felt sorry for my son having a Mum like me. And B) called DOCS on Me!!!She never apologized for that...
    meteorite meteorite 36-40, F 7 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    I want to get my own apArtment due to the fact

    that I won't be going to japan . I feel as tho since I'm a married woman I should have my own place . Simply because I'm tired of house hoping . I want. Place to call my own. I am now staying with my aunt , I asked her to stay for couple months while the process is being done...
    keyonna95 keyonna95 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    Is it weird to feel like I'm losing everyone

    important in my life my father is remarried and my mom has a boyfriend she visits and stays there and my brother is barely home
    Mickey1701 Mickey1701 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I Am Tired Of The Hell That My Family Has Bestowed On Me!!!

    Growing up I had no idea what a normal family was like. I wasn't even aware that mine was abnormal as we were sheltered and I didn't have a frame of reference.  All I knew was that I was unhappy and that it seemed no one got along.  I also knew that my parents argued, nagged...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 8 Responses May 27, 2013

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    If I never seen any of them

    for the rest of my life not including my Gma, I wouldn't care.
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F Jun 3

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    TellySR TellySR 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    I don't know what happen,

    but I think we've grown apart. And my only wish of having a complete and happy family will never happen.
    gwenllian gwenllian 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    Well hell where do I begin!

    !??!! I'm an only child of a biracial deaf hippie parents!! I was taken away at 8 & I was between foster home, grandparents & parents to finally on my own at 15! My life saga crazy & to much to go into detail!! "I really need to write a book"!! Anyway now a mother of 5 beautiful...
    eudoraf5 eudoraf5 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 17

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    I'm Scared of My Mother

    That sounds lame, maybe, but my mother can be scary. She has extreme mood swings, and even to this day I don't know how to deal with her. She will want to go out for mother daughter time, when maybe the night before she called me full of hate, anger, resentment, etc. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 17 Responses Jul 19, 2009

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